A feisty, defiant Brian Cashman said today that he returned to the Yankees to “change the story” about where the team was headed. “We have to win,” he said. “And we will.”
Oddly, Hal Steinbrenner was not on hand to give the family’s side of the story. But Cashman said that relations between he and the Steinbrenners have improved since last winter when some moves were made he did not approve of. He also believes that they can work together moving forward.
Obviously he did not address the future of specific players, especially those FAs from outside the organization. But he warned fans against expecting the Yankees to get certain players. That means CC Sabathia.
He did say he wants Matsui to DH, Damon to play the outfield, Posada to catch and a first baseman to play first base.
Back with more later. But here is the full audio from his press conference: